I’ve said it here before, and I think it’s worth repeating. I LOVE GOOGLE because it keeps working to make the Internet more accessible for individuals who struggle with text. I wrote recently about the helpful equation editor that Google has built into Google Docs. Now the new spell checker in Google Docs offers powerful additional support to anyone who struggles with spelling.
The Spell Checker for Google Docs has recently become way more intelligent, and therefore much more helpful. The spell checker for documents and presentations is no longer based on a fixed dictionary. Instead, it has become completely contextual. The developer illustrates this by showing how it distinguishes between Iceland and island when both are misspelled in the same sentence.
A common problem with spell checkers is that they don’t catch mistakes when the error is a real word. For example ‘here’ is written when it’s supposed to be ‘hear’. Google’s new spell checker looks at the context and offers suggestions accordingly.
Better yet, the new spell checker in Google Docs is constantly evolving and becoming better. That’s because it is fed by Google’s search bots as they comb the web! Among other things, this means the spell checker recognizes relatively new words and knows how they are spelled.
For now, Google Doc’s new spell checker is available only for English, but Google is promising to make it available for other languages as well.